AAO Says Digital Eye Strain Is A Growing Concern At Home & In The Classroom

According to the Alberta Association of Optometrists, eye strain is a growing concern as children head back to school with digital devices playing such a large role in homes and classrooms.

According to the Alberta Association of Optometrists, 59 percent of Alberta parents are not aware or do not encourage their children to take steps during or after use of digital devices to reduce the impact on their children's eyes.
 
Therefore, they say eye strain is a growing concern as children head back to school.
 
Dr. Allison Adema, Optometrist at Uptowne Eyecare in Olds, says this is happening because children are spending more time staring at screens in their homes and classrooms.
 
 
She says there is a really big trend of global nearsightedness.
 
 
Dr. Adema adds, in recent eye exams children have come in with complaints about their vision.
 
 
She encourages parents to make sure their child gets an eye exam because sight troubles can have an impact on learning and performance at school.
 
 
Dr. Adema notes before school starts is a perfect time for children to get an eye exam as 80 percent of learning is visual.
 

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